Pupil Remapping Coronagraph (PRC): A high performance coronagraph for a small-size visible terrestrial planet finder

Olivier Guyon, Stephen Ridgway, Claude Aime, Anthony Boccaletti, Jean Luc Beuzit, Raphael Galicher, Pierre Kern, Takayuki Kotani, Anne Marie Lagrange, Rick Lyon, Fabien Malbet, Koji Murakawa, Masashi Otsubo, Daniel Rouan, Remi Soummer, Hiroshi Suto, Motohide Tamura, Robert Woodruff

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Abstract

Amplitude apodization of a telescope's pupil can be used to reduce the diffraction rings (Airy rings) in the PSF to allow high contrast imaging. Rather than achieving this apodization by selectively removing light at the edges of the pupil, we propose to produce the desired apodized pupil by redistributing the pupil's light. This lossless apodization concept can yield a high contrast PSF which allows the efficient detection of Earth-sized planets around stars at 10pc with a 2m visible telescope in space. We review the current status of a JPL-funded study of this concept for the Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) mission, including a lab experiment and extensive computer simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1304-1311
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume5487
Issue numberPART 3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 20 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventOptical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telecopes - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 21 2004Jun 25 2004

Keywords

  • Adaptive optics
  • Coronagraphy
  • Exoplanets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Guyon, O., Ridgway, S., Aime, C., Boccaletti, A., Beuzit, J. L., Galicher, R., Kern, P., Kotani, T., Lagrange, A. M., Lyon, R., Malbet, F., Murakawa, K., Otsubo, M., Rouan, D., Soummer, R., Suto, H., Tamura, M., & Woodruff, R. (2004). Pupil Remapping Coronagraph (PRC): A high performance coronagraph for a small-size visible terrestrial planet finder. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 5487(PART 3), 1304-1311. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.552429